The police have ruled out any political angle in the murder of former CPM MLA Dilip Sarkar at Barabani in Burdwan district on Sunday and said that the motive most likely could be personal vendetta.
We have no reason till now to believe that there was any political connection (in the murder). Prima facie and going by the modus operandi,it looks like the killers had a personal grudge. We have several clues so far. We are looking into them, said Asansol-Durgapur Commissioner of Police,Ajay Kumar Nand,at a press conference today.
Nand said accounts of eye witnesses have ascertained that two persons a man and a woman who were on a motorbike gunned down Sarkar at point-blank range. They shot him in the back,he added. Sarkar was out for his routine morning walk near his house at Kulpi then.
The Commissioner of Police refused to react to senior Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roys comment that Sarkar was once charged with woman trafficking.
Asked if there was any such record with the police in this regard,Nand said,I cant say that without checking the records.
Meanwhile,at the Writers Building,ADG,Law & Order,Banibrata Basu,said: The police have found the phone numbers of 4-5 women from the call list of the cell phone of the slain CPM leader. We are examining them.
He,too,said: So far we have not found proof that it was a political murder.
There have been no arrests in the case so far.
On the woman assailant,the Asansol-Durgapur Commissioner of Police said: We only know that a woman is involved. We are yet to identity her though there are quite a few suspects.
He also said no Maoist link has been found in the killing either.
Meanwhile,the Left had called for a 12-hour strike in Burdwan today to protest Sarkars murder. Processions were taken out and CPM supporters allegedly attacked two state buses at Corporation More in Asansol. The bandhs impact was also felt at Burnpur and Raniganj.
CPM condemns killing
New Delhi: The CPM on Monday condemned the daylight shooting of its leader Dilip Sarkar,saying it was part of systematic efforts to annihilate party and trade union leaders by the ruling Trinamool Congress.
Demanding an investigation and arrest of the guilty,the CPM politburo said this was the third incident in Bardhaman district,since the Trinamool Congress came into office,of CPM and trade union leaders being targeted for attack.
This heinous killing is part of the systematic efforts to physically eliminate the leaders of the CPM and the trade union movement, it said while conveying heartfelt condolences to the bereaved